The statistics don’t lie when it comes to the obvious importance of mentorship associated with professional at all levels of their careers. Last year, 83% of professionals expressed that they would like to be in a mentoring program, yet only 29% are in workplaces that offer them (Robert Walters Recruiting, 2016). Additionally, there are numerous studies that directly associate mentorship with higher employee engagement, employee retention rates, and improve overall organizational succession planning efforts. It seems like a no brainer to invest in your people with mentorship and provide more ongoing training and development opportunities, but we clearly have work to do on the employer front.
As a talent acquisition leader, I am grateful to have benefited from strong mentorship early in my recruiting career. Our profession has arguably evolved more in the last five years than it has in the past twenty years and if you are not constantly learning and staying up to date on trends, tools, and overall strategies, you will easily be lost in the shuffle. While there are some companies that do offer a fair amount of job shadowing, training, and developmental program, not every employer is created equal, creating large skills gaps for professionals.
It is for this very reason that I founded The Silicon Valley Recruiters Association over two years ago: to create a place for recruiters in our community to share best practices and most importantly, to continue learning and growing within the profession as it continues to evolve.
This year, we are thrilled to announce our first pilot Recruiter Mentorship Program. Our Mission statement: to empower the next generation of recruiters to reach their full potential to advance their careers and become badass recruiters! This program is available on a space available basis (participants must be local to the San Francisco Bay area).
We will be hosting an Information Session at General Assembly on Tuesday, 6/6 @ 6 pm. Feel free to share this post with anyone who might be interested in learning more about our program and making a positive impact in the Silicon Valley Recruiting community. RSVP here to reserve your space!
A Huge shout out to Betsy Basch for being a great manager, mentor, and for believing in me when I was early in my career! It made all the difference in shaping me into the professional I am today.